Red-light camera revenue boosts road safety in Allegheny County

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Drivers who ran red lights at 25 Philadelphia intersections equipped with enforcement cameras are helping to pay for $826,800 in road safety improvements in six Allegheny County municipalities.

The money is part of $8.8 million in red-light fine revenue being distributed statewide to 32 projects. The projects were chosen from more than 130 applications submitted by municipalities.

All money generated by the program is allocated statewide for safety improvements and congestion reduction.

Pittsburgh expects to join the red-light enforcement program with installation of cameras at up to 20 intersections this year. Revenue from those fines also will go into the statewide program.

The Allegheny County projects are:

Coraopolis, $150,000 to upgrade traffic signals at Fourth Avenue and Broadway Street; McKeesport, $279,000 to replace and upgrade signals at Fifth Avenue and Romine Street and at Walnut and Ninth streets; Elizabeth Borough, $120,800 to improve the traffic signal controller and add LED lights at the intersection of Market Street, Second Avenue and Third Avenue and the signal at McKeesport Road and Church Street; Millvale, $59,900 to improve the signals at Grant Avenue and Sherman Street and at Evergreen and North avenues; Mt. Lebanon, $65,100 to add a flashing beacon at a mid-block pedestrian crossing on Washington Road by Washington Elementary School; and Upper St. Clair, $92,000 to upgrade the traffic signal at McMurray and Bethel Church roads.

In Butler County, Cranberry will get $25,250 to improve signal coordination by installing equipment that adjusts timing based on traffic volume at nine intersections along Freedom Road.

Philadelphia’s cameras have funded 234 projects with $33.3 million since 2010.

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